Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 27, 2013

MELINDA HESTER: Freezing food saves money

MELINDA HESTER
For The Independent

ASHLAND — There are many things we can freeze to eliminate waste and save money.

Red grapes: Put on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze and then place in freezer bags.

Cheese: Freeze blocks of cheese by putting a little cornstarch in the freezer bag. Shake it around and add the cheese.

Homemade pancakes, waffles or French toast: Freeze on a cookie sheet, then place in a freezer bag. Thaw and reheat in a microwave, toaster or toaster oven.

Mashed potatoes: Use an ice cream scoop, and freeze on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Later, transfer to a freezer bag.

Flour and cornmeal: Double wrap to avoid picking up freezer odors.

Leftover meals: Label the kind of dinner along with the date.

Cookie dough: Make a batch or two of cookies, then freeze some of the dough for future baking.

Soups and chili: Cool completely. Transfer to a freezer-safe container. Leave a cup of space for expansion.

Milk and buttermilk: Indents on the sides of the jug allow for expansion. But I still remove a little of the product. Milk freezes surprisingly well.

Bread and baked goods: Wrap well and freeze.

Lemons and limes: Cut into wedges and place each piece in an ice tray; fill with water. Wonderful in iced tea.

Shredded rotisserie chicken: Great for making enchiladas or a quick sandwich.

Potato chips, pretzels and crackers: Put lunch-size amounts in freezer bags.

Added bonus: Freezing items makes for some quick and easy meals. You can purchase freezer bags at Kroger this week for nearly nothing using coupons. Stocking up on the bags will reap dividends.

Super Bowl

Sunday recipe

To make barbeque chicken wings, marinate meat in a large bowl of salt water overnight in the refrigerator. Drain and place in an oven-safe dish. Add a bottle of Kraft BBQ Sauce purchased for 49 cents this week at Kroger; hot or mild — take your pick. Bake about 1 hour. Salt to taste. This recipe is easy and fast.

Super couponing

Super Bowl Sunday deals are popping up. On the heels of last week’s Coke specials, CVS has Pepsi as a feature this week. It’s your chance to rake in the savings. TIP: Purchase your own soda for 13 cents to 25 cents a can. Drinks from a fast-food restaurant cost $1.99 or more.

   Pepsi: Six cases for $15 equals $2.50 a case or 20 cents a can; stock up $5 Extra Bucks

Dawn Dish Liquid: 99 cents; 50-cent coupon in today’s Independent.

Tide: $5.94 minus $1 EB minus 40-cent coupon (limit one) equals $4.54

Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner: two for $7 minus $3 coupon in today’s Independent equals two for $4

Total cereal: three for $10; $5 EB if you buy $15; 75-cent coupon on each box

Gevalia coffee: Get $5 EB when you buy $15 worth; use $1.50 coupon on each bag

Febreze Noticeables Refill: $3.99; $1 EB; use coupon, buy one, get one free

Downey Liquid or Unstoppables: $5.99; $1 EB; $3 off two (coupon in today’s Independent)

NOTE: Valentine candy and gift sale starts.

Febreze: $4.99; $1 EB; use coupon, buy one, get one free

Febreze Car Vent Clip: $2.99; $1 EB; use coupon, buy one, get one free

Fusion Pro Glide: $5 EB; use coupon, buy one cartridge and get $10 off a Pro Glide Razor; limit one

ZZZQuil: $4.99 minus $1 EB minus $1 coupon in today’s Independent equals $2.99

Odds and ends

‰There are three inserts in today’s newspaper, so it’s a great time to buy extra issues. Procter & Gamble is featured today; get enough to utilize an entire month of deals.

‰Clearance sales continue on winter clothing. Most stores feature 70 percent off, with even more reductions on specific days. Watch for sales through the end of February. This is the time to buy a coat and winter accessories for next year.

‰Sabra’s next coupon meeting will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 4 at the King’s Daughters Medical Center Café. Please bring a hygiene item for the Church Without Walls ministry.